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Language Acquisition Data and the Theory of Markedness: Evidence from Spanish

  • Lawrence Solan
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Abstract

The theory of markedness is used to account for some very different sets of facts. For example, Chomsky (1981a) defines marked structures as those not predicted by core grammar. Assuming the current theory of core grammar to he correct, those constructions that the theory predicts are ungrammatical, but which in fact exist, are called marked. The presence of the NP to VP structure in English, discussed in Chomsky and Lasnik (1977) and Chomsky (1981b) has been explained in this way.

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Noun Phrase Language Acquisition Linguistic Theory Embed Clause Universal Grammar 
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